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[ laughter ] thank you for joining us on "early edition." see you at noon. >> caption colorado, llc email@example.com good morning. good morning. the heat is on. a dangerous heat wave spreads across at least 22 states from texas all the way up to new england. triple digit temperatures and high humidity signal major warnings for tens of millions of americans. we will tell you when it will finally break. steal mate. president obama and congressional leaders hold more talks today to raise the debt ceiling. both sides refusing to budge on tax increases or spending cuts. we will talk with republican congressman paul ryan will the debt showdown and how millions of americans on medicare could be impacted on a new deal. final spell. a star-studded premiere for the last "harry potter" film. thousands of fans on hand to bid an emotional farewell "early"
this tuesday morning, july 12th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs good morning to you on this rather warm tuesday morning. you can see 7:00 a.m. in new york city, 81 degrees and it feels a little stickier than 81 out there. >> it's 81, definitely 81. man, is it hot around here, huh? >> yeah. the humidity outside. folks across the country from texas all the way up from new england feeling this nearly two dozen states under heat advisories this morning. excessive heat warnings. temperatures could reach record levels in some places. find a pool, my friends. it is not cooling down any time soon. >> that 81 we just saw not so bad next to the 106 you saw there. it is brutal out there. the heat wave smothering large
areas from texas to the northeast. parts of kansas will see record-setting temperatures for seven straight days. let's go to our wichita affiliate kwch-tv. >> wichita had 111 degrees on sunday. we have already had 19 triple digit days so far this year. and only three weeks into the summer. now, this intense heat that is covering much of the nation's midwest isn't going anywhere any time soon. zoo blistering heat affecting people and livestock and crops is rolling across the central u.s. excessive heat warnings for 17 states in the midwest and south, dallas and oklahoma city -- for ten days in a row. east another seven days. >> it's awful. >> it's awful. burning heat. >> in oklahoma, roads buckled from the heat. across the midwest, this year's corn crop is in real danger.
>> that is -- >> in kansas the nation's corn producer producer, more than half of this season's crop is in poor condition. cattle ranchers are also hurting without enough corn for feed or water for their livestock to drink, some owners are trying to sell off their herd. >> those are not very easy to find and buy back and they're certainly not very cheap to find and buy back. >> reporter: and the heat's ripple effect continues. with cows eating less, milk production is down, too. costing farmers thousands of dollars a month. where it does rain, it pours. sudden, fast-moving storms tore across parts of the midwest monday. tearing roofs from homes and uprooting trees. almost 1 million customers were left without power. and, chris, as we all know, we have still got a whole lot of summer ahead of us. in wichita, here, has already reached their triple digit days that they typically have for the entire year. >> wow. kara sewell in wichita for us this morning. kara, thanks so much. let's get more on the heat wave
now from marysol castro. marysol, good morning. >> good morning, chris. good morning, everyone at home. well, this heat is dangerous. in short, more than 21 states have excessive heat watches and warnings, and you can see the red is where we really focus, kansas city, st. louis, tulsa and memphis. in the central plains the heat is in the 90s, with heat indices in the 100s. and it stays this way at least through saturday. in the northeast, it's very hot, and very humid, as well. we're going to look at some excessive heat watches for the day. 89 in pittsburgh, 87 in buffalo. again, you factor in the humidity, and it's just sweltering in the afternoon. some thunderstorms start to move in, and of course going to keep track on it. we're going to tell you your national forecast later on in the show. but right now back over to erica. >> all right. we'll check in with you for that in just a moment. for the third day in a row, president obama and congressional leaders will meet at the white house, where they will try once again to hammer out a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling and lower the deficit. cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante has more for us this morning. bill, good morning. >> good morning, erica.
well, the deadlock continues. and there is no sign that anyone in this ideological standoff is ready to give ground. the president set the stage for monday's meeting, by saying that it was time for all sides to come together, and reassure the nation. >> i think it will give the american people enormous confidence that this town can actually do something once in awhile. >> reporter: the two sides remain far apart. and some republicans have suggested a stopgap extension of the debt ceiling, so that the nation does not default on its debts on august 2nd. but the president said no deal. >> i will not sign a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day extension. that is just not an acceptable approach. >> reporter: indeed, said mr. obama, any kd o >> reporter: indeed said mr. obama. any kind of deal will only get more difficult as election day approaches. >> we might as well do it now. pull off the band-aid. ate our peas. now is the time to do it. if not now, when? >> reporter: the only deal on
the table monday was not the president's $4 electrical wish list but a smaller package of 2.4 trillion and either there, the two sides can agree on only cuts of $1.7 trillion trillion. house speaker john boehner says there can be no new taxes. >> president, i do not agree -- the president and i also disagree on is extent of -- >> reporter: the president continues to insist on what he calls a balanced package with both spending cuts and new revenue. >> i'm willing to move in their direction in order to get something done. and that is what compromise entails. >> reporter: the president, yesterday, asked everyone in the room to go home and do a kind of homework assignment to come back and with their solutions to the difference between the 1.7
trillion, that's trillion, on which they mostly greed and the 2.4 trillion they need. some numbers. >> a lot of zeros. sounds like a familiar homework assignment and see how they did it later today. joining us from capitol hill is republican congressman paul ryan from wisconsin. good to have you back with us. >> thanks for having me. >> i know you have a hearing coming up later today on medicare. this figures very well because medicare and entitlement programs are now grabbing some of the headlines when it comes to these issues and this gap that we see between both sides when it comes to the debt ceiling and to the deficit. the president said he is willing to discuss, we're hearing, raising the medicare eligibility age to 67. not exactly popular with his party. but if there were changes like that, do you think there could be a little bit more give no forcertain areas on the republican side? >> well, sure. for any dollar of debt limit increase the president is asking
we should cut more than a dollar's worth of spending. the whole goal is get this under control. we have a debt crisis coming and hitting not just our country but countries around the worl. we want to get ahead of it and don't want to be raising taxes in this kind of economy. a really ugly economy. when you have a huge tax increase schedule to start hitting this country in a year and a half we don't want to add to that burden. the hearing today is highlight the fact that president health care law as a new board of 15 bureaucrats will cut medicare in 2013. we think this will damage medicare's services to -- it takes power away from congress and gives it to the president's new board of advisers who can, without congressional assent, start cutting medicare 2013 and we think do more important reforps gor reforms to congress. more to the point get spending under control. because the debt right now --
harder for businesses to create jobs. >> to that point. if your goal is in fact, to get debt under control, looking at some of the proposals here, we know republicans are opposed to raising taxes. you reiterated that yourself morning. there was an open door when it came to the idea of closing tax loopholes. in the interest of the goal being to get debt under control, rather than putting that money into lower corporate tax rates. what about putting some of that toward deficit reduction? >> well, because we don't want -- that means you're raising tax rates on job creators. so we have -- our budget calls for getting rid of corporate tax loopholes and lowering tax rates. the problem we have in america right now with this economy is a global economy is we are already taxing our job creators and our businesses more than our foreign competitors are taxing theirs. we don't want to go farther down that path.
we want to make sure that america -- are not -- right now they are -- higher taxes. >> we have seen a lot of companies -- sir, a lot of companies are signature ontting of money. we discussed this a month ago. they are still not hiring. there is that issue. we discussed at the town hall that a lot of this has come down recently to politicking. how far are republicans willing to gorisking votes to get this to pass. would you give up votes for that? what is most important. >> we have already passed our budget and put our ideas on the table. we are proposed a plan that actual balances the budget and -- entire tax code to grow the economy. and pays off our deficit. the president has yet to see an actual plan that fixes this budget problem and been over 00
days since the senate tried to pass the budget. we -- on the table but -- getting things done around here, we have moderated our spending cut appetite to get through this moment and all we're simply saying now is, look. for every dollar the president wants to increase the borrowing, let's cut more than a dollar's worth of spending to get the deficit on the right path. >> we have to leave it there, because we are cutting into our time. congressman paul ryan, thanks. >> take care. a programming note for you. president obama will speak today with c"cbs evening news" tonigh. >> jeff glor at the news desk with another check of this morning's headlines. >> happy birthday! >> that he is very nice. unexpected surprise! >> let's bake a cake. get ready. >> in between news blocks. good morning to everyone at home. we begin with assassination
in afghan. half-brother of hamid karzai was murdered this morning. wali karzai was shot at his home in kandahar. mandy clark is there. >> reporter: the president's brother ahmed wali karzai killed in his home. we are told by sources he was shot twice by a man identified as his bodyguard. early today, hamid karzai condemned the murder of his brother he was seen as the de facto governor of kandahar province. more importantly -- saw -- over the years there were -- involved in drug trafficking. last year with cbs news he dismissed those allegations. >> no one has came up with any proof.
>> reporter: taliban operate -- launched occasionally attacks. attack the government palace -- the ballots lasted two days. we are being told that the killing was a personal dispute and not an insurgent attack but a taliban are already claiming responsibility for it saying it's one of their biggest suks ever. mandy clark, cbs news, kandahar, afghanistan. >> mandy clark in canada half, afghanistan, thank you very much. in london this morning, wiki leaks founder julian assange in a hearing. he is appealing he should be sent back to sweden to answer questions about two rape charges. he worried sweden might send him
to the u.s. over the release of classified documents. texas baseball fan who fell to his death last week has been laid to rest. hundreds tourned out for the funeral of shannon stone who was a husband, firefighter and at a rangers game last week he reached for a ball and lost his balance and fell. in phoenix, upper right hand corner of your screen here, watch. a guy dangling off a railing. he had been standing at a table during the derby trying to catch a ball. not smart. almost went over. luckily, his brother and others were there to pull him to safety. pretty incredible pictures. by the way, that's where the home run derby, a special moment lasted night. a family affair for robinson cano with his father pitching to him, cano blasted 32 homers to win, including a record 12 in the final round. he wins the all-star home run derby. very
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will be a bipartisan affair. betty ford brought people together in life and so in death. people from across the political spectrum are coming to pay their last respects. rosalynn carter, wife of president jimmy carter, will give a eulogy. what was it about betty ford that made her so beloved? >> i think, bill, at its core it was the hope that she brought to millions of people. >> reporter: she endeared herself to the nation, not just by being a good wife, which she was. but by being a politician's wife who spoke her mind. she supported the equal rights amendment, and the woman's right to choose abortion. at a time when people spoke of
cancer in hushed tones, betty ford, using her voice as the first lady, spoke out. >> she stood up, and said, i have breast cancer. and i'm going to beat it. >> reporter: but perhaps her greatest legacy came from her greatest pain. admitting she was addicted to alcohol and pain pills. in 1982 she opened the betty ford clinic near palm springs, in california, and since then has helped 96,000 people with their addictions. >> she really changed the face of addiction, didn't she? >> she did. she changed because it was like, this woman is an alcoholic addict. and she didn't fit the image. >> reporter: her lasting image is that of the first lady with the common touch. and that is what people are coming to this church today to remember and celebrate. >> and we'll be right back. this is "the early show" on cbs. >> this portion of "the early showshow" sponsored by prevacid
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a woman and her teenaged daughter were ru good morning. it's 7:25. i'm grace lee with your cbs 5 headlines. a woman and her teenaged daughter were rushed to the hospital after their suv slammed into the front door of a san mateo fire station. this accident happened around 10:30 last night and it damaged the firehouse as well as a reserve fire truck. today california state university trustees are expected to vote on a 12% tuition hike for the upcoming fall semester. it would be on top of a 10% increase that was approved earlier this year. on thursday, uc regents are also voting on a nearly 10% hike. a plan to crack down on kids skipping school is going to vote to the concord city council today. under the daytime curfew, anyone under 18 caught cutting school will be fined $100 for
westbound at greenville. reports of an accident. train number 5 ace train five to 10 minutes behind. give yourself some extra time. other mass transit on time. accident westbound 580 possibly blocking lanes. it's been busy through the altamont pass. 27 minutes to go from west 580 altamont pass to 680. north 101 montague expressway rick on the right shoulder. 101 backed up to the 101/680 interchange. kristy has the forecast. >> thank you. not too warm out there today. temperatures similar to yesterday and seeing plenty of cloud cover out there this morning. you may even need to turn the windshield wipers on a little drizzle at the coast, as well. highs for today only making it into the mid-70s in our warmest locations. keeping it in the 60s around the bay shores and a cool 58 at pacifica. into the seven-day forecast, you can see this cooling trend for the next several days. we don't really warm up until we make our way into sunday and monday. finally getting into the mid- 80s where we should be for this time year. ,,,,,,,,
welcome back to "the early show." harry potter fans were hoping this day would never come. the last harry potter movie is here. and it had its u.s. debut yesterday here in new york. we're going to take you to the celebrity-filled red carpet event, and welcome back to "the early show." i'm chris wragge along with erica hill. you probably, if you've seen the highlights of that premiere. my colleague here was restrained by police. >> i was wearing my gryffindor outfit. >> huge, huge fan, and she just kind of came in on her broom. they got her. >> kind of like every morning when i get here, fly in on my broom, yeah. >> i didn't say it. >> jeff glor is at the news desk with another look at our top headlines this morning. >> i didn't say it either. good morning, guys.
good morning to everyone at home. in our news here a day after a violent storm near chicago, nearly 400,000 homes remain without power today. that storm knocked out trees and power lines throughout northeastern illinois. at one point nearly 900,000 customers were blacked out. in afghanistan today, the
well, there are new allegations in the phone hacking scandal in britain. tabloid reporters are accused of targeting the royal flame and a former prime minister and there are questions about why a more thorough investigation was not done. cbs news correspondent elizabeth palmer is in london with more for us today. good morning, elizabeth. >> good morning, chris. well, specifically britain wants to know why the first investigation into the news of the world hacking was shut down after just two people were arrested. which now appears to have been
just the tip of the iceberg. senior police officers are being grilled this morning by a government committee. in the hot seat the deputy head of london's police force, john yates, who in 2009 refused to reopen an investigation into the news of the world. a decision he now admits was wrong. >> i would have made different decisions. >> reporter: yesterday "the guardian" newspaper reported there was evidence "the news of the world" had tried to buy a confidential list of the royal familiar lip's phone numbers from some of the police officers detailed to protect them. and that police were selling information on the royal's movements. new allegations now widely reported suggest there were dirty tricks going on not just at the "news of the world" but also at "the sun" and "the sunday times," both owned by rupert murdoch. former prime minister gordon brown believes some of his bank account details were illegally obtained by the "sunday times." >> "the sunday times" appear to have got access to my account.
they got access to my legal files. but i'm shocked. i'm generally shocked to find that this happened because of the leads. >> reporter: he was shattered to learn that the sun was going public with the news that his baby son had cystic fibrosis. something the family had kept strictly confidential. the person who told the browns that "the sun" would run a story on their baby's illness was rebecca brooks. at the time the editor of the sun newspaper, she's now rupert murdoch's british ceo and is herself being questioned by police. john yates, the officer you saw earlier on in my report, has just told the committee that he's 99% sure his phone was hacked, which shows that police investigating the news of the world were themselves not immune. chris? >> i'll tell you, this story grows more and more every day. cbs' elizabeth palmer for us in london. elizabeth, thank you very much. like i said, there's so much more to talk about. we're joined now by steve
hewlett who is a media analyst in london for us. good to have you here with us this morning. according to elizabeth's report there are claims the former prime minister gordon brown, the queen both victims of this hacking and rupert murdoch's newspapers. what's the latest on both sides of this story? >> it's going from bad to worse. in fairness, the latest revolution about gordon brown are not hacking, which is about accessing -- illegally accessing voice mailboxes on mobile phones. this is a result of what's known as blaging. it's information detained by deception. sometimes illegally, sometimes not. the information in 2006, in fairness we pointed out that almost every uk newspaper, including the observer, and the guardian media group, that they'd all been at it securing the services of private detectives who did this kind of work. in fairness there is also a public interest defense for blaging, and you might argue that if gordon -- if the sunday times had reason to believe that gordon brown was involved as chancellor of the exchequer in a
dodgy deal they may have been a public interest defense to find out. because of the access to his son's medical records that, of course, -- >> especially with rebecca brooks who is really on the hot seat right now and under fire seemed to be supported by rupert murdoch at this point. when she's calling the prime minister at this point and saying that, look, we've got this information on your son, who's got cystic fibrosis, how much heat is on her? what's going to happen with her? >> there's a huge amount of heat on her not least because as long as rupert murdoch supports her, in the public realm she has zero credibility. she was editor of the news of the world at the time and she claims to have known nothing about it. let's take it at her word. nevertheless on her watch her journalists were hacking the mailboxes of missing 13-year-old teenager who ends up to have sadly been murd ired. all things are happening and she's done nothing about it. on her watch it happened. in public terms, she lacks credibility almost completely, and along with it, he backs her the more his own credibility is leeching away.
you can see that the whole thing is now spiraling out of rupert murdoch's control. it's really unusual to see rupert murdoch not in control of events. >> now this is kind of reaching the sun, the sun times, also his satellite tv deal with sky tv there. let me ask you about this, the original investigation, which again elizabeth palmer mentioned back in 2006, really didn't go far enough because now we're finding out, i'll let you tell the story, but what was going on with the investigators that were actually doing the investigating? >> well, nobody knows. strictly speaking, why they didn't pursue it. but they claimed repeatedly, the policemen did, to have pursued it thoroughly and came to the conclusion that, at one point commander yates said to a committee, count the number of victims on the fingers of two hands. that's roughly ten. now we know that conservatively estimated, the number of victims is 4,000 plus. nobody really knows why that happened. hopefully we'll find out. but the suspicion is, because look at this morning's "new york times," they say, that the top five officers involved in the hacking inquiry itself were
themselves being hacked. >> unbelievable. unbelievable. steve, thank you very much for taking the time to talk with us this morning. we look forward to talking with you again. this story is not going away. thanks so much. coming up next, a baby undergoes life-saving surgery while still partly in her mother's woman. a fascinating look at's very special delivery when we come back. this is "the early show" on cbs. [ female announcer ] now you can apply sunblock
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in this morning's "healthwatch" a truly special delivery. a rare birth defect almost dashed the hopes of one texas couple for a healthy baby girl. but a complex surgical procedure saved the baby's life. medical correspondent dr. jennifer ashton has the details. as anob/gyn, too, this is your special city. you understand the risks. >> this is an incredible story. before taking her first breath little alejandra underwent what's technically known as an ex-uterointrapartum treatment or exit for short, which helps babies with life threatening conditions. 19 weeks into her second pregnancy, samantha rodriguez received devastating news. during a routine ultrasound doctors discovered a growing mass in her baby's lung.
>> it would have been impossible for her to breathe. i was hysterical. i was, you know, they had to pull me out of the waiting room because people were staring at me. >> reporter: fetal specialists at texas children's hospital recommended a rare delivery option called exit, which operates on the baby while it's partially inside the mother's womb. >> an exciit procedure is a special identified type of procedure done at the time of cesarean section. after the uterine incision is made the infant is delivered only to the level of the abdomen. this allows any type of surgery to be performed on the infant and actually allows them to secure the airway. >> even though it was a bigger risk, we just -- we just had to gamble and take the chance. but we were terrified the entire time. >> reporter: on april 25th, doctors removed the mass from the baby's left lung while she was still attached to her mother's placenta and umbilical cord, her life line, giving her oxygen and keeping her warm. after the five-hour exit
procedure, alejandra finally entered the world. >> she's very much is our miracle baby. they expected her to be hospitalized for at least two months. and she was out in eleven days. i mean, that's a miracle. it just blew everybody's mind that she was just so strong, and so willing to live. >> reporter: doctors say her body will continue to fill in the lung tissue that didn't grow during the pregnancy. and she will be able to breathe and play like any other baby. >> when i see her sleeping, and i see her just sitting there and making the cutest faces and smiling, it really just -- it pulls on my heartstrings. i'm so proud of her. i just love her so much. i don't know what we would do without her now. >> less than 100 of these open fetal procedures are done every year. >> it's beautiful. it sounds and looks a little bit risky, because it almost seems like you start a c-section and you stop and then you continue with it. >> it is risky.
but it's not as risky as an uncontrolled delivery and emergency surgery. so really, three big differences here when you compare it to a standard c-section. time. normally when we do a c-section we can have the baby out in seconds. this operation, as we heard, takes hours, before then the baby was born. also, type of an es 2450esh yeah. the goal in the c-section is to keep the baby awake and the mother calm, with good anesthesia so that the anesthesia doesn't go to the baby. in this case you want that anesthesia to the baby because you don't want the baby moving. in blood loss, in a c-section you want to keep the uterus contracted so you don't lose a lot of blood. this is the opposite. it's incredible. >> nice to have you with us. we'll be right back. >> "cbs healthwatch" sponsored by v-8 v-fusion juice. vegetable and fruit juice that just tastes like fruit.
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it is the final movie in the series and thousands of fans were on hand to say farewell. cbs news correspondent manuel gallegus was there, as well. >> reporter: cheers and screams for daniel radcliffe at the u.s. premiere of the final harry potter. what will he miss most about harry? the action. >> bursting out of a lake surrounded by a ring of fire. or falling down a 40 foot roof. like, that's fun. that stuff's crazy and mad and fun. and you don't really get to do it that often. i will miss that. >> reporter: thousands of fans camped out, some for days, to get just a glimpse of radcliffe, emma watson, or rupert grint, the likable stars who are forever part of their childhood. >> we wanted everyone to know that we were insane and hard core. >> reporter: by movie standards, harry potter is a phenomenon, the biggest franchise in hollywood history. more than $2 billion in ticket sales here in the u.s. for the first seven movies. remarkably, the original cast stayed to the till the end. >> it's kind of like an unspoken bond between us all, i think.
because we've come through this all together. we're very lucky to have that. >> reporter: for a decade fans never lost interest. it's hard to say good-bye. >> very bittersweet. i might start crying. >> reporter: for the young actors themselves, it's a new beginning. >> it's exciting. i'm going to go traveling after i'm done with this. >> reporter: where are you going? >> you know what? i'm not even sure yet. >> i mean, i'll also miss the crew, the cast, you know, everything about what was my day-to-day life for ten years. >> reporter: they are no longer those wide-eyed kids who entered hogwarts so long ago. manuel gallegus, cbs news, new york. >> not to sound hallow but those kids are so rich. >> harry potter's been very good to them. >> oh, man. >> keep reading for many years to come. we'll have more here on "the early show." lots of sun, some rain and that's how they get this big and beautiful.
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today californ good morning, 7:55. i'm grace lee with your cbs 5 headlines. today california state university trustees are expected to vote on a 12% tuition hike for the upcoming fall semester. it would be in addition to a 10% increase that was approved for the csu earlier this year. former 49ers quarterback joe montana is trying to make a big business pitch before the santa clara city council. he is doing it this evening and he is hoping to built an entertainment complex near the site for the future 49ers stadium adjacent to great america. a southern california man is in custody accused of intentionally causing a head-on collision which killed a woman in santa cruz. this happened yesterday near the fish hook. the chp says he drove his car the wrong way in the southbound
the dumbarton bridge. eastbound looks like the left lane is blocked. chp is on scene. no word of injuries. 880 busy. earlier accident northbound at tennyson is clear but 25 miles per hour as you head northbound into hayward. southbound pretty slow, as well. you can see 880 into oakland also getting a bit busy. we are seeing delays off the eastshore freeway as well as you approach the bay bridge toll plaza. metering lights are on, backed up to the maze. kristy has the forecast. >> thank you. another cool one in the bay area today and we are not going to warm up a lot from yesterday. plenty of cloud cover outside. you can see in this shot, not too much sunshine yet although we will see some later inland. not getting very warm, only to the mid-70s inland. 60s at the bay shores. cooler at the coast. a breezy day as well and you may even see some drizzle along the coast. you will see we continue with the cooling trend over the next several days. the
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welcom welcome back to the "early show." top of the hour. looks a little hazy out there in new york city. and a lot of the country may be seeing that same picture outside their window. hot, hazy and humid. what a day. i'm erica hill along with chris wragge this morning. we want to tell you this -- not about the heat, because we'll talk about that later in the show. but an exchange program for high school students. a culture exchange. maybe your child received a letter from people to people, a group founded by president eisenhower in 1956. it is now a nonprofit being run by his granddaughter. >> sounds like a terrific opportunity for young people. 26,000 middle and high school students went on people-to-people trips in 45 different countries after
getting invitations to participate. but critics charge the organization with deceptive marketing practices, even fraud. sharyl attkisson checked it out. >> reporter: who wouldn't be honored to get an invitation for a people to people trip. it bears president eisenhower's name, the names of almost every president since and the teacher of the year logo. and students may even get a nudge of encouragement from an elected official. this letter bears the signature of virginia state senator jill vogel. vogel went on a trip to the soviet union when she was in high school. >> it was an extraordinary experience. >> reporter: a two to three week the invitation promises will set middle and high school students apart on college applications and in consideration for other honors. many parents scrape, even fund-raise, to get the fee for the trip. $5,000 to $8,000 per child. they believe their kids won an honor by a nonprofit run by
president eisenhower's granddaughter, but listen to the experience of steve and jennifer barbie. their daughter caitlin got invited on a people to people trip this summer with other high school students from tennessee. but caitlin died back in 1996 when she was ten days old. we found the same story in iowa. a boy supposedly recommended for the honor of a people to people trip through his outstanding middle school achievement. impossible said the mom, her son died at seven weeks of age in 1993. iowa attorney general tom miller has investigated complaints about the program's marketing twice, in 2006 and just last december. >> they seem to be sort of marketing these tripsw3 based o people receiving an honor or earning it. and that wasn't the case. it wasn't an honor. it was more of a commercial solicitation to take the trip. >> reporter: letters promoting the summer trips appear to come from people to people, but we found they're actually from a for-profit travel agency, one that paid millions of dollars in
licensing fees for exclusive use of the people to people name. that travel agency is ambassadors group. but you won't see their name on the invitation letters. ceo jeff thomas reportedly earned $1.4 million last year and the better business bureau revoked ambassador's accreditation mostly because of the iowa complaints. ambassadors group says it's working with the better business bureau and believing that their previous high ranking should be restored. we wanted to talk to people to people and mary jean eisenhower, but both declined to talk on camera. ambassador's lawyers accused us of conducting a slanted, inaccurate and hostile investigation. and remember that letter that some got from senator vogel. >> it was a letter that clearly forged my signature. >> you didn't write the letter, you didn't sign that letter and you didn't authorize that letter. >> no. >> reporter: vogel, an ethics
attorney who did make that people to people trip in high school years ago said she was outraged to discover a letter on people to people stationery written in her voice in first person in her name. it encouraged students to embrace the opportunity. you would never have agreed to let your name be used like this. >> no, no, no. that would be clearly an impression that somehow either i had direct association with them or that i was a spokesperson on their behalf or i had some formal connection to them. >> reporter: none of that is true. >> none at all. >> reporter: ambassadors group told me that we take full responsibility for the misunderstanding with senator vogel and deeply regret any concerns this has caused her. ambassadors agreed to aerlt its marketing practices and pay $50,000 to the state's consumer fraud fund. ambassadors told us the agreement was voluntary to alleviate any future concerns. yet thousands of children traveling this summer may have little idea the trip is not the honor they think it is.
sharyl attkisson, cbs news, washington. one thing is for sure, it will cause parents to definitely take pause and review those letters more thoroughly, so to speak. >> that is for sure. >> incredible. meanwhile, back to 1600 pennsylvania avenue today for democratic and republican lawmakers and efforts to beat the clock and come up with a debt ceiling deal. nancy cordes has the latest. good morning. are the sides making any progress since yesterday? >> reporter: no indications of progress right now, chris. the tone of those meetings at that time white house has been tense. we've been told of some pretty snippy exchanges. now that speaker boehner has rejected the president's proposal for a big $4 trillion package of spending cuts and tax increases. the president has now told both sides to go back and come to him with a package they can pass both the republican-led house and the democratically controlled senate. but when republicans came to him yesterday with a host of
medicare cuts that they thought could help get to the $2.5 trillion cut number that everyone is now working towards, he rejected it. he said that that did not meet his criteria for shared sacrifice. he continues to maintain that you can't just cut spending. you have to increase some taxes on the wealthy as well. here's what he had to say. >> what we have said is part of a broader package, we should have revenues and the best place to get those revenues are from folks like me who have been extraordinarily fortunate and that millionaires and billionaires can afford to pay a little bit more, going back to the bush tax rates. >> my disagreement with the president is not about closing loopholes. none of us are fond of loopholes. our disagreement is over the idea of raising taxes on the very people that we're asking to create jobs in our country. >> reporter: the two sides have vowed to keep meeting every day but time is running out. the president has said explicitly, he will not pass
some 30-day or 60-day extension of the debt limit. >> all right, nancy. they talk about meeting each and every day, but where is the middle ground here? >> that's a great question, chris. we asked republicans yesterday, democrats say they're willing to give on some spending cuts that are very important to them. where are you willing to compromise? and majority leader eric cantor, the number two republican in the house, had a very interesting response. he said the very fact that we're even willing to vote to raise the debt limit is our definition of compromise. now, i don't think he really means that, that was more of a talking point. i don't think the republicans want to see the government default, but it just shows how strongly dug in they are. >> that line will go over very well today. earlier i spoke with former treasury secretary dr. lawrence summers. i asked him why it is critical to reach a deal by that august 22 nd deadline?
>> not paying the visa bill is not the option we have. the united states doesn't have the option of not paying its debt. nobody should be using that for the basis of a game of chicken. >> what is your forecast for this country should a deal not get done by august 2? >> the fall of 2008. financial armageddon of a kind that we saw after lehman. >> the president said yesterday a deal will get done with all of -- he did talk about yesterday. he said one of the takeaways that he did say it will get done. do you believe a deal will get done? >> i think it will. winston churchill said something wise about the united states. he said we always do the right thing but only after exhausting the alternatives. it may come to the wire, but we will see a deal. >> that was former treasury secretary lawrence summers. president obama will speak with scott pelley. that interview will air tonight on the "cbs evening news." tune in tonight for that. i do want to check in now
with jeff glor with a check of the headlines on this, his birthday. you got to milk it. >> i'm really milking this one. >> this is your two hours. >> thank you very much. crews are working to restore power to customers in the chicago area, but the process could take days. they're out of power after a violent storm ripped through the region, winds up to 75 miles an hour. at its height, that power outage affected nearly 900,000 customers. the same system hit southern wisconsin with heavy rain and 60-mile-an-hour winds. 12,000 homes lost power there. in southern maine a truck driver hauling trash was killed when he slammed into an amtrak train yesterday. several train passengers were hurt. and in new york, a commuter train derailed underground shortly after leaving grand central's terminal yesterday. 600 passengers were stuck for an hour and a half, and rush hour delays went on for much longer. in syria this morning, police have tightened security around the u.s. and french
embassies. supporters of bashir assad scaled the walls. the hacker group call aid none muss has struck again. this time the target was a major u.s. defense contractor booze allen hamilton. tens of thousands of encrypted passwords were stolen. the information they online. the passwords might allow access to military e-mail accounts. wikileaks founder julian assange was in court to avoid being extradited to sweden to be questioned in two alleged rape cases. he's worried that they might send him to the u.s. to face possible charges for the wikileaks release of documents. the half-brother of hamid karzai was assassinated today. the body of ahmed wali karzai was taken to a hospital in
kandahar. the killer's identity has been disputed but may have been one of karzai's bodyguards. he was one of the most powerful men in afghanistan, often accused of corruption and drug trafficking, though. a report out this morning describes a cia operation run out of a spy novel. "the new york times" says it happened in pakistan before osama bin laden was killed. the cia set up a fake vaccination program in the town where it thought bin laden was hiding. the idea was to secure a dna sample from bin laden or a family member. no dna was obtained reportedly but the pakistani doctor who ran that program has now been arrested. as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 gets closer, public interest in the world trade center site is now surging. tickets to the site's new memorial were made available monday and the online reservation system nearly crashed because of all the traffic. sean hennessey of wcbs tv has more on that. >> reporter: ever since the 9/11
terror attacks, the world trade center site has stood apart, a seemingly perpetual construction site, off limits and unwelcoming to the public. but that will all change in september when people will finally be allowed on the now hal ode ground where the towers once stood. after ten years, finally a fitting memorial to the 2,983 victims of the attacks including those who died at the pentagon. aboard united flight93 and the six who perished in the 1993 trade center bombing. >> because so many families never got any human remains returned to them, this really is their final place, it has been their final place to say good-bye. >> usa, usa! >> reporter: with the death of osama bin laden, the tenth anniversary of the attacks has taken on new meaning. public interest is so strong that nearly 30,000 tickets were distributed free of charge the first day alone. >> such a large turnout today. i mean, it makes me feel like everybody said on 9/11, never forget. and i think america hasn't
forgotten it. >> reporter: the centerpiece of the memorial will be the massive reflecting pools that mark the tower's footprint. sounding them, the victims' names etched in bronze. the site will open october 12th but on the anniversary only to those who lost a loved one. >> you get a feeling that this is a place where he breathed his last breath, this is where his soul went up to heaven. you get a sudden feeling of, you know what? i'm someplace special. >> reporter: sean hennessey, new york. finally sergeant scott moore is a brave marine in more ways than one. from afghanistan he posted a video online asking actress mila kunis out on a date. >> hey, mila. you can call me scott. just wanted to take a moment out of my day toin vit you to the marine corps ball on november 18th in greenville, north carolina with yours truly. take a second, think about it. get back to me. >> interesting note, she did take a second to think about it
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police. cbs news correspondent elaine quijano has more from boston. >> reporter: catherine greig sat silently in a blue prison jumpsuit, as prosecutors began making their case that she should not be freed on bail. the 60-year-old is charged with harboring a fugitive. notorious boston crime boss james "whitey" bulger, who's facing 19 counts of murder. donald stern was the u.s. attorney in boston when bulger disappeared in 1994, and says greig could help fill in critical gaps about bulger's life on the run. >> she clearly had some information. it may be as basic as, what did you do? where did you go? where did the money come from? just by living with him for those 16 years, she has information which i think law enforcement would find quite useful. >> reporter: in court, prosecutors called an fbi special agent to the stand. he testified that greig had helped bulger make a fake i.d. that the pair hid out in grand
isle, louisiana, and that greig gave bulger prepaid calling phone cards that he used at pay phones. and the agent placed this surveillance video, showing greig picking up prescriptions at a california pharmacy. medication, he said, were for bulger and greig. also in the courtroom was greig's twin sister margaret. if freed on bail, greig wants to live with her in boston. prosecutors oppose that. court is set to resume on wednesday. and it could be an emotional session. that's when prosecutors are expected to call family members of james "whitey" bulger's alleged victims to testify. elaine quijano, cbs news, boston. >> and we'll be right back. you're watching "the early show" >> and we'll be right back. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. ng. crispy bacon, rich cheddar cheese and creamy ranch dressing. not even the end of the world will make you put it down. get it before it's gone. and see "transformers: dark of the moon" now in theaters. you get so hooked
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daughter are in the hospital after their s-u-v crashed into a fire station in san mateo. good morning. it's 8:25. i'm grace lee. a mother and daughter are in the hospital today after their suv crashed into a fire station in san mateo. the accident last night caused significant damage to the building as well as to a reserve fire truck. police are now investigating whether alcohol was a factor behind the wheel. and today california state university students will find out if they have to pay more for classes. the board of trustees is expected to vote on a 12% tuition hike that would take effect for the upcoming fall semester. this would be on top of a 10% hike that was approved earlier this year. and pg&e says that it should not have to pay settlements to victims of the san bruno pipeline disaster who have sued the company. in a court filing, the utility says damage to the pipeline was
you can see the bay bridge is backed up to west grand. metering lights are on and we still have a wind advisory for the bay bridge. injury accident blocking lanes highway 35 at hickey boulevard. look out for that. southbound 280 crawling along as you work your way through coleman and into daly city. accident marin county is on the show but slow approaching the golden gate bridge. kristy has the forecast. >> thank you. a little gloomy out there right now. actually seeing some drizzle along the coast if you are making your way by the shore and cloud cover seen throughout the bay area. temperatures today not going to be very warm. we cooled down a lot yesterday, similar temperatures today. low to mid-70s inland, 60s at the bayshore and cool at the coast. breezy, as well. this trend continuing for the next several days, although by the end of your weekend, finally starting to bump up into the low to the mid-80s where we should be for this time year. ,,,,,,,,
and welcome back to "the early show." bottom of the hour. i'm chris wragge along with erica hill. >> hi. >> how are you? >> i'm all right. yourself? fasten your belt. >> we're doing better than the bats this morning. you may find them a little creepy. you might be worried they're going to, you know, collect in your hair. here's the thing. bats, many people will tell you, are misunderstood. they're incredibly helpful.
they eat up to half their body weight in insects every single night. that is vital to farmers. but here's the big issue. there is something out there that's killing them off by the millions. scientists are trying to save the flying bug eaters. >> yeah. >> but it's just very difficult problem that they're trying to tackle. and it's really not easy to do. >> great crime fighters, as well. kidding. all right on a serious note, you're going to remember that horrific discovery, at least ten bodies on new york's long island discovered late last year. tonight on cbs "48 hours mystery" reveals exclusive new details on the ongoing investigation into a suspected serial killer in the area. of course, erin moriarity now has a preview. >> my sister was running along the road. >> reporter: in the early morning hours of may 1st, 2010, shannon gilbert, a 23-year-old escort, disappeared in the dark shadows of a gated community in oak beach, long island.
shannon's sister sherrie said shannon made a panicked call to 911. >> she felt like she was in fear of her life that night. that was it. she just disappeared into the night. >> reporter: six months later, the search for shannon led to a gruesome discovery. four female victims -- >> bodies were dumped. >> in a secluded stretch of beach. >> reporter: the bodies of four young women were found wrapped in burlap along a lonely strip of highway on long island. >> we could have a serial killer. >> reporter: one by one, the bodies were identified. shannon gilbert was not one of them. but like shannon, all the victims worked as online escorts. and they all went missing while going to meet clients. tim's 24-year-old daughter melissa was last seen in new york city more than a year and a half earlier. >> my fiance and i were actually watching, they were televising where they found the bodies, and we just looked at each other and we started crying, and we had a
sinking feeling that it was her. >> reporter: now, it is one of the largest criminal investigations in long island's history. but when melissa bartholemie even the family's attorney, stephen cohen, could not get the nypd to take notice. >> i contacted them, and they said, she's a hooker. she's a prostitute. she's an escort. we're not going to assign a detective to this. >> reporter: about a week after melissa disappeared, her 15-year-old sister amanda, shown from behind to protect her identity, got a call from melissa's phone. >> and when amanda answered the phone, you know, she was so excited, oh, my god, melissa's finally calling me, and then there's a guy on the other end. >> and this voice is saying, oh, this isn't melissa. and he was soft-spoken. and had a very controlled, and comfortable manner of speech,
which made his horrific messages all the more devastating. and he began to toy with her. and for the very first time, she heard the voice of the killer. >> all i can say is, he's sick. and he's going to make a mistake. and we're going to catch him. >> and erin moriarity joins us now. good morning, erin. >> good morning. we're doing this story now, because there is a sense of urgency. you know, serial killers like this don't usually stop on their own. they have to be stopped. and i think it's important for people, if they know something, to talk about it. >> these phone calls, kind of these taunting phone calls almost, have investigators learned anything more about this, enough to glean anything from these calls? >> investigators say that they believe that he is a white man. that he's probably between the ages of like late 20s, 30s. we know he's persuasive. we know he's charming.
and from -- from interviewing so many of the serial killers in the past, he's probably someone who's kind of hiding in plain sight. >> yeah. ten bodies now total. are they under i guess the -- it's the same person? i know there was, there's so much talk with every body they found, that maybe this could be the work of a number of different people. but are they working -- >> it turns out it looks like, as hard as this is to believe, that that stretch of beach might just be a dumping ground for more than one killer. we know four of the bodies are connected with one killer. possibly a fifth. there was another escort, but that would mean the serial killer started killing back in 2003. >> yeah. >> the others, there's an asian male, there's a baby, there's a bag of bones. those are probably, you know, bodies that were dumped by somebody else. so, we're talking about more than one killer. >> incredible. all right, erin, thanks so much. good to see you here this morning. you can catch "48 hours mystery," the long island serial killer, tonight here on cbs at 10:00, 9:00 central. and erin will be on facebook
during and after the show along with family members of two of the victims. you can tune in, you can go to the "48 hours mystery" facebook page. we highly recommend you do that. now here's jeff glor at the news desk once again. >> chris, good morning to you. good morning, everyone at home. more revelations this morning in britain's phone hacking scandal. former prime minister gordon brown told the bbc that the "sun" tabloid hired criminals to obtain information that brown's infant son had cystic fibrosis. brown also accused "the sunday times" of hacking into his bank and tax records. both papers are owned by rupert murdoch. now a member of parliament wants murdoch and one of his top executives rebecca brooks to answer questions about that scandal. debt reduction talks resume for a third straight day this afternoon at the white house. so far the talks remain deadlocked with the two sides far apart on taxes and spending. this morning, congressman paul ryan told erica the u.s. businesses are already trailing foreign competitors. >> we are already taxing our job creators and our businesses more than our foreign competitors are taxing theirs.
we don't want to go farther down that path. we want to make sure that america's job producers, our employers, are not put at a huge competitive disadvantage. >> president obama said he'd reject any stopgap short-term measure. he's proposing a long-term debt reduction bill. and former treasury secretary lawrence summers told chris that's a good idea. >> he's tried to put more on the table, tried to have a larger program. that would be better. but what's most important is that the cloud of a possible, even conceivable, even discussable default by the united states be removed. >> if a deal isn donning their suits. that is designed to shorten prep time. and a lawyer for 22-year-old
james whittemore says shockingly he was drunk sunday when he broke into david letterman's late night studio. he says he doesn't remember it. surveillance video from sunday showed a man police say was whittemore trashing the ed sullivan theater lobby. letterman joked about it on last night's show. >> this is the "late show" not just a talk show, ladies and gentlemen, this is an active crime scene. >> added that jay leno had an alibi. 38 minutes past the hour. marysol castro. >> how do you not know? >> has our final check. >> he looked like a puppy misbehaving, when his owners are out of the house. >> like a little child. >> not that i would know working with you. i don't care that it's your birthday. good morning, everyone at home. heat is the big story. 22 states experiencing heat advisories. excessive heat warnings. kansas city, st. louis, tulsa and memphis, we're keeping an eye on those cities in particular, becaus
>> thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now over to erica. >> mary, thanks. it's been called the number one crisis affecting mammals in this country. scientists from more than 100 state and federal agencies coordinating their efforts to learn why bats are dying in droves. cbs news correspondent betty nguyen is here with the story. and it turns out a lot of us may actually know something about this. >> oh, yes. it's a trickle-down effect essentially. you notice more bugs this summer? >> yes. i thought it was just me. >> no. everybody is. and if you are, you can blame the bats. or to be more exact blame the fungus that is killing the bats in unprecedented numbers. it is a desperate situation with no solution in sight. bats often get a bad rap. as creepy blood-sucking night creatures. >> but people don't really know the level of importance that they have. in our ecosystem. >> reporter: but farmers like james roby, actually count on them to eat 100 metric tons of crop-damaging bugs every year. >> that's been very badly damaged by some kind of
caterpillar or warm. and that would have been potentially controlled by a bat that would have nailed the moth that would have laid the eggs on this leaf to begin with. >> reporter: that's not happening. because bats are in danger. a sprunk fungus has wiped out a million of them in 18 east coast states. it leaves a fungus on the bats nose, wings and body that eventually leads to starvation. the die-off is so greet and so fast the u.s. department of fish and wildlife has declared bats the number one mammal in crisis in this country. >> it's a female. >> reporter: one type, the little brown bat, is headed for the endangered species list. >> what was really our most common bat three years ago, now we're needing to learn an awful lot more about it in a hurry so we can do all we can to save it. >> reporter: this team from the u.s. and vermont fish and wildlife services is in a race against time. >> could be white nose syndrome. >> reporter: there is no cure for white nose syndrome and there are no funds to find one.
all they can do is research why it's happening. what kind of bat is that? can you tell? getting these bats out of the net can be tricky. even for the experts. >> this is really, really -- >> it's really tangled up in there. >> susi von oettingen is an endangered species specialist for the fire and wildlife services. >> reporter: you see those all over you. aren't they supposed to be eating the mosquitoes. >> i think of mosquitoes to bats as potato chips. can i close it? >> reporter: bagged my first bat. there he goes. oh, he's climbing to the top. you're right, he is trying to get out. hold on, hold on! whoo! i'm afraid this is going to open. these bats are then tagged and weighed. >> 8.1 grams. which is a little bit more than three pennies. >> he's a little feisty thing. >> yes, these little brown bats are rather rambunctious. >> reporter: one bat is outfitted with a transmitter.
>> putting this little small translator on a small animal. so you don't want to weigh it down. >> reporter: by literally carrying the bushden on their backs, the hope is these bats will help scientists figure out how to keep them alive. >> go. there she goes. >> reporter: but for farmers, it might be a little too late. how much time do you have? >> very little time. less than a year. >> reporter: and then what happens? >> it spreads out west and we lose millions and millions of bats. >> reporter: bats contribute an estimated $23 billion annually to the agricultural industry through insect control and pollination. that's money farmers might have to spend on pesticides. >> potentially it could be apocalyptic. because we're talking about a check that's been in place for years that takes care of hundreds of tons of insects. and that problem is going to be very similar to the clouds of locuses. not only is it going to affect our crops but it's going to affect our people. >> reporter: and that's exactly what these scientists are
desperately trying to prevent. one thing they do know is that the fungus thrives in caves where certain species of bats hibernate in the winter. the fungus first appeared five years ago in a cave near albany, new york. the fish and wildlife service thinks hikers unknowingly got the fungus on their gear and then started spreading it. and now it is killing the bat population. >> and they paint a very dire situation in the near-term. so you said there's no cure. they're doing research. but other than that, is there anything they can do in the immediate? >> the only thing they can do right now and what the u.s. fish and wildlife service is doing is closing off certain caves and mines where the bats go in to hibernate so that researchers can get in there and figure out how to prevent this from happening. mainly they need prevention at this point, because as you heard time is of the essence. >> also closing it off, potentially it keeps hikers from going in there and bringing it out. >> and spreading it to other caves. >> maybe you lose sight of how important bats are. >> right.
>> thanks very much. almost kind of like the honey bee. you kind of lose sight -- >> which can mean more pesticides if they can't stop these bats from dying because the insects will continue to eat the crops, which means that more pesticides are going to raise the price of what you're buying in the grocery store. so again that trickle-down effect. >> the cost alone for farmers. >> thank you. >> betty, thanks. just ahead, you may not expect this from the director who gained fame a dozen years ago with "american pie." >> now chris weitz is getting serious with a new film about the struggles of m,,,,,,,,,,
i tell ya, i work a long day, every day. i hang my head out the window. oh man, we're delivering everything you can think of: plywood, cement. i, i enjoy the breeze on my tongue. well uh, and every weekend, seems like we're headin' down to the lake. we're pullin' a boat or somethin'. i don't know why. i just do. it's not a problem. i don't mind as long as we always stop at chevron and get that techron stuff. my ears flop around too. check it out. [ male announcer ] your car takes care of you, care for it. chevron with techron. care for your car. it's hard work; i need a nap. welcome back. chris weitz is the director behind blockbusters like "american pie" and "new moon." this latest movie is called "a better life." set in los angeles it's the story of an undocumented worker struggling to raise his son.
russ mitchell is in l.a., the center of latino culture. >> cesar chavez, this is the main artery of east l.a. one of the most active and vibrant streets in all of los angeles. >> reporter: it's no accident that director chris weitz chose these streets for his film "a better life." tens of thousands of imgrants now call this area home. >> this country is a land of dreams. it can be a hard place. a cool place. >> reporter: in the film, a mexican gardener lives quietly and illegally in los angeles, until his truck is stolen. carrying away his dream of a brighter future for his son. >> i don't know what's going to happen to us. >> it's based on a true story. one of our producers had a friend whose gardener had his truck stolen. the friend said, we've got to go to the police, and the gardener said, you don't understand, i can't go to the police.
>> if you're looking down to santiago -- >> reporter: committed to an authentic look and feel, weitz hired a mexican actor largely unknown in the u.s., along with new immigrants, to help him understanded struggles of undocumented workers. >> action! >> i've lived here for 20 years and i really felt i didn't understand the worlds within worlds that exist here. the people that you drive past. >> reporter: while weitz's film does not make a political statement, it's impossible to overlook the timing of its release. around the country, undocumented immigrants continue to seek amnesty, and communities are often bitterly divided over solutions. right now, there are some 50 million hispanics in the u.s., making them america's largest minority group. >> and for people who are, you know, nativists and say we've got to keep these people out, first of all, it's too late. and second of all, these are people who are making this country stronger. >> reporter: here in downtown
l.a., hispanic culture is both preserved, and celebrated. what did you learn about los angeles? while making this movie? >> i learned that the american dream still exists. still being lived by recent immigrants right now. >> so what compels a guy who directed "twilight: new moon" a block fusser that made $700 million to delve into the shadowy worlowof the undocumented? >> my background is undocumented. my grandmother came here. >> reporter: that grandmother was a famous mexican at actress. >> she was great. but she said she of scared. they were making movies about dracula, and they were shooting at midnight. >> reporter: weitz said he made "a better life" in part to get in touch with his roots. just like the gardener's american-born son. weitz is the first in his family to speak little spanish. [ speaking spanish ] >> reporter: but in any language the pain of splitting up a family is clear. as in the film, when the father,
on the verge of being deported, must say good-bye to his son. >> i wanted you to be able to anything you wanted to be. that would make me feel worthy. if you became somebody. >> reporter: weitz hopes "a better life" will give audiences a closer look at those who have been hiding their lives in the shadows. >> they are bringing up their families. they're going through their own joys and sorrows. they're striving to make things better. >> reporter: russ mitchell, cbs news, los angeles. >> "a better life" is now playing in select cities. it opens across the country on july 15th. looks good, though. >> let's go. >> we can all go to the as a date. nice. >> we could go for your birthday, except that your birthday is today, not on the 15th. >> that's true. >> and you're going to work all day long on your birthday. >> yes. >> thanks for being so nice.
>> we love you nonetheless. >> thank you. >> chris. >> you know i love you. >> he doesn't love you. >> you know i love you. >> the interesting thing about us, three of the four anchor team -- >> yes. >> your birthday is -- >> june 19th. >> i missed the cut. >> the 8th, the 12th. i'll be on vacation for the 20th. you can feel free to celebrate. >> trust me we're going to donate an entire week of celebration. that's all for us from birthday central here. have a great day, everyone. if it's your birthday in the month of july or late june we wish you a happy birthday as well. great day. your local news is coming up next. ♪
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a preliminary investigation indicates the death of a 14- good morning. i'm grace lee. it's 8:55 with your cbs 5 headlines. a preliminary investigation indicates that the death of a 14-year-old girl following a sleepover party in santa rosa was because of alcohol ingestion. takeimi rao was found dead at her home on sunday morning. the sonoma county sheriff is awaiting the results of her toxicology tests. michelle le's family is adding more money to the reward for helping find the missing nursing student. it's now $100,000 tanks to money from a fundraiser -- thanks to money from a fundraiser last friday. the family will distribute flyers in hayward tomorrow and there will be a search party friday and saturday. the u.s. coast guard will continue to try to find 7 fishermen missing in the gulf of california. crews covered more of the area
delays northbound 280 coming away from 101 all the way towards 85. stop and go through san jose. earlier accident cleared on 80 south. look at the bay bridge, backed up to the maze. slow on the eastshore freeway. 32 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze. that wind advisory is lifted. oakland still a struggle northbound 880 as you work your way towards the maze and on the bay bridge. that's a look at traffic. here's kristy with your forecast. >> gray in the bay area, even drizzle at the coast. here at the beach certainly doesn't look like a july beach day. it's overcast and drizzly and it's going to be like that for the next several days. highs cool only making it into the mid-70s inland. 60s at the coast. cool at the coast, breezy all around the bay area today. this pattern holding for the next several days. we are only going to warm up on sunday and monday.